“When I wrote with John [Lennon], he would sit down with a guitar. I would sit down. We’d ping-pong till we had a song. It was like that [with Kanye West].”
Although the duo have worked on a number of collaborations since the turn of 2015, McCartney did reveal that he was at first skeptical of working with the sometimes controversial Yeezy.
“My first thought was, ‘Woah, what am I going to get into here?’ He is amazingly talented but controversial and can make eccentric moves,” McCartney says. “I realised if it didn’t work out we’d just say so and shake hands and leave.”
Later in the interview, Paul McCartney recalled how Kanye’s “Only One” record came about after the two traded stories when they first met.
“We sat around and talked an awful lot just to break the ice,” McCartney says. “One of the stories I told him was about how I happened to have written ‘Let It Be’. My mum came to me in a dream when she’d died years previously. I was in a bit of a state — it was the Sixties and I was overdoing it. In the dream she said, ‘Don’t worry it’s all going to be fine, just let it be.’ And I woke up and thought, ‘Woah’ and wrote the song.
“I told Kanye this and he said, ‘I’m going to write a song with my mum.’ So then I sat down at the piano.”
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